EHL Ingredients is looking to ‘spice up’ supper foods with the launch of five new African-inspired spice blends from Lähde by EHL Ingredients by EHL Ingredients.
Minimita and Mekelesha hail from Ethiopia, La Kama from Morocco, Tabil from Tunisia and Algeria, and its jollof rice seasoning comes from Nigeria.
The blends are all dry mixes, making them ‘highly versatile’ for use on meat, fish, vegetable and plant-based foods.
“Summer gatherings and events are back on in a big way and we know that informal dining, sharing foods and exotic cuisines are going to be a big hit over the summer months,” said Tasneem Alonzo, joint MD at Lähde.
“African food is a bit of a breakout star, as illustrated by the number of African-themed restaurants and operators opening up on high streets across the UK, and YouTubers and bloggers sharing recipes online It’s a really lucrative market right now and one that we expect to grow as consumers are seeking out foods they perhaps haven’t tried before, for cooking in the home, dining out and for takeaways.”
Alonzo believes Brits are recognizing the region’s vibrant, wholesome, healthy dishes and the company predicts African food to be the ‘next big gastronomic trend’ in British dining. “And it’s a cuisine that offers plenty of plant-based, meat-free and gluten-free dishes.”
The joint MD also predicts fusions of African foods with other cuisines to be a big trend, for example Afro-tacos, jollof rice and burritos, Tabil sprinkled on pizzas, and Melekesha on flatbreads.